Even mainstream horror has begun to acknowledge the LGBTQIA experience with gay characters populating the universes of Happy Death Day, Truth or Dare and Unfriended: Dark Web. It seems that now would be the perfect time to have a queer band dominate the soundtrack of one such offering.
With their emotional atmospherics and dramatic focus, Australian based Cub Sport, led by the dynamic Tim Nelson and his husband Sam Netterfield, would be the perfect choice to decorate some eerie landscape. Their work has even appeared in an episode of the television version of Scream and their second album was entitled Bats. Perfect, no?!?
One of my favorite things about soap operas is how they add elements of horror and suspense to their mix – people rising from the dead, gothic vaults filled with kidnapped heiresses and Frankenstein inspired mad scientists either saving or destroying the day.
Thus, I am really excited about the independently produced series Wicked Enigma, a dramatic show based around a slasher film motif and featuring a number of characters that fall within the LGBTQIA spectrum. A first season trailer has recently been released, promising plenty of beautiful people and beautiful kills!
Blood Sisters, FEE LION’s latest EP, vibrates with impulses of dark murder, underscored by a true sense of female empowerment. But, as evidenced by On Me, one of her most successful singles, she has long been playing with a smart balance between the creepy under life and the brighter hotspots of the dance floor.
Nicely, we recently talked with FEE about her inspirations – Dario Argento and Drag Race, anyone?!? – during a particularly honest episode of Dagger Cast. I was beyond thrilled. Give it a listen and you will be, too.
Social media has its drawbacks. But if you’re lucky, you can also discover the coolest people, including many who live many miles away.
Speaking to that point, I’ve recently stumbled upon two amazing women, Kelly and Jessica. They are true horror lovers, exciting podcasters and they, sparkle bewitchingly, with a true sense of fun. I really think you need to check them out.
Nicely, not only do they, as the (Ontario based) Spinsters of Horror, produce podcasts that are gleeful, but they also look at gender and other social constructs in the genre with a serious eye and a spot on analytic expertise.
Be sure to find out about everything these two goddesses of cinematic mayhem at
Providing the ‘40s singing voice for everyone from MGM’s Vera Ellen to the stunning Rita Haworth, the versatile Anita Ellis earned her terror pedigree by having her vocals included in the 1964 horror cheese fest The Flesh Eaters. The sister of Larry Kert, the gay actor-singer who found acclaim in the original stage production of West Side Story, Ellis eventually courted success as a jazz singer in her latter day career – even though a particularly vicious form of stage fright often robbed her of her voice.
Still, her talent and skill will forever reverberate in numbers such as this.
Best known for her strong portrayal of Dr. Sylvia Van Buren in the 1954 science fiction classic War of the Worlds, Ann Robinson also proved her versatility in a series of roles in noir films and female focused thrillers.
One of her bigger roles was as Nancy in The Glass Wall. As the concerned girlfriend of a musician needing a break, she radiates with proud concern. Meanwhile, as the wealthy, flirtatious Lucille Grellett (with Charlton Heston, above) in Bad for Each Other, she shows another side of her talents – a strong sex appeal and a talent for comedy. Her capriciousness also resonates magnificently on an episode of the original Perry Mason, as well. Here, as the spoiled daughter of a wealthy businessman she tries her best to charm her military husband into a number of suspect deals.
Referred to as “99 minutes crammed with suspense” by John Douglas Eames in The MGMStory, 1956’s Julie found Robinson co-starring, side by side, with the magnificent Doris Day. As Day’s co-stewardess (left and below), Robinson acts with appropriate surprise as the plane she is assigned to risks crashing unless Day is able to fly it to safety. More of a resilient victim here than some of her more manipulative assignments, Robinson proves she had the versatility and presence to be a major star. It is every celluloid buff’s loss that she wasn’t.
Until the next time, SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan!